Read Roz Farber's opening message for the launch of Canada's FYRST Club.
Canada's FYRST Club is an initiative that was started to introduce Junior riders to the classical aspects of dressage. By starting the juniors at a young age, when they reach Young Riders and the higher international levels they have a strong base of knowledge. There are no membership fees or obligations.
With the help of Albrecht Heidemann as the clinician, several clinics have already been held for Juniors (being riders from the age of 14-18) competing at the Basic 4 level and above. The same types of clinics were held for their coaches.
This webpage has been created to provide a link across Canada to Junior dressage riders. By having people submit a writing on a personal experiance and having contacts through which people can get to know one another, it allows juniors to learn from eachother. There's a good chance that we'll be competing on a team together in the future, so the friendships may as well start now!
BUILDING THE CANADIAN TEAM
SummaryOn June 28,29,30 and July 1, (Canada Day) 2001, 12-20 Dressage riders, aged 14-18 years, will represent Canada at the first ever North American Junior Dressage Championships (NAJDC) at Paxton Farms, Batavia, Ohio. Thirty six(36) riders from across Canada, have declared their intent to achieve qualifying dressage test scores in the spring of 2001 with the goal of attending a week long “training camp” in Toronto in mid June where they will be prepared for the Championships before proceeding to the competition on June 24th.
What is the North American Junior Dressage Championship?
At the NAJDC, three tests will be used. These are the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Junior tests (Preliminary, Team and Individual) and have been used in Europe for a number of years. Each horse/rider combo will perform each test, one per day. The goal is to achieve not only the highest individual marks per test, but to achieve the overall highest marks as a team.
Where will the Championships and Training Camp be held?
When will they be held?
Why is this Junior Championship important?
On Sunday, July 1st, Canada Day, our Canadian Juniors will perform the “Individual” FEI Junior test which is considered to be the most challenging and exciting of the three tests. The riders are very excited to be representing Canada on “their” day and consider it to be a good omen.
Long Term, all horse sport and horse related industries in Canada benefit from frequent and well publicized representation of Canadian teams at international level events.
For Dressage specifically, the large number of juniors attempting to qualify for membership on the Team is very encouraging given that the category of “Junior FEI Rider” was only introduced into Canada in the spring of 1998. While not all of the 36 declared riders may be able to make the Team this year, they represent a solid building block for the future of Dressage in Canada.
Who are the Riders and Horses?
Who is organizing and sponsoring the team?
Is there a Team Coach?
What is the selection process that decides who goes to the Championships?
For more information about Fundraising activities for the team, upcoming horse shows the declared riders will attend, photo opportunities, interviews etc, please contact: